According to the experts, millennials are expected to become the most powerful generation in America in the not-so-distant future, as the group begins to exert their influence on politics, culture, and the economy.
And as they come into their own, a few trends are emerging...like where these millenials want to live.
New data from the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program reveals the 10 US metropolitan areas whose populations of millennials — defined as people born between 1981 and 1997 — have increased the most from 2010 to 2015.
There are clear favorites: Texas and Florida. Those two states took 6 spots on the top ten list, and one of the cities is right here in the Tampa Bay area.
10. Seattle, WA
9. Sarasota, FL
8. Houston, TX
7. Cape Coral, FL
6. Austin, TX
5. Honolulu, HI
4. Orlando, FL
3. Denver, CO
2. San Antonio, TX
1. Colorado Springs, CO
For the record, I was born in 1983 (which makes me 35) and I DON'T identify as a millenial. I didn't grow up in a digital age. We played outside, we didn't have cable, and cell phones didn't exist until I was in high school...I didn't get one until after I graduated. I think I have more in common with Gen X-ers than Millenials. In fact, people my age were given their own sub-generation name...Xenials. We were raised as analog kids, but are now living in a digital age. Just something to think about.
Anyway, I don't love that so many people are relocating to Florida. I've lived here my whole life and I've seen how it's changed, and it doesn't look like our infrastructure or our natural resources can handle the population growth. The cities here weren't planned with such a boom in mind, which is why traffic gets SO MUCH WORSE during snowbird season. If as many people move here in the next few years as they're projecting, it'll basically feel like snowbird season ALL THE TIME, and get even worse in the winter. I love it here, but that doesn't get me very excited.
If you're a snowbird and you're reading this, tell your friends it sucks here. The weather is too hot and the beaches aren't even nice. Seriously, don't come. You'll hate it.